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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Make an appointment here - just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC's campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit https://18thstreet.org/exhibitions/ to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at: https://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/

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As we continue to adapt to these challenging times, 18SAC remains dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for our community and beyond. Partnering with the city of Santa Monica, 18th Street has become a Shines COVID-19 Assurance organization.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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M Susan Broussard, US History (forgotten), 2020. Oil on Canvas with mixed media. 48” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist.

Our Stories: Revisit the Past & Reimagine Our Future

August 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Co-curated by Joey Tong and Krystal M. Ramirez for the Hop Space Communities are like a collage, consisting of a variety of identities, desires, and interpersonal relationships. Each fragment contains a distinct story, but together they compose a greater narrative…

Cognate Collective, Manos a la Obra, installed at the Pico Pop-Up, 2021.

Cog•nate Collective | Manos a la Obra

October 25, 2021 - February 5, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Manos a la Obra of new work by Cog•nate Collective, along with collaborators from their ongoing Market Exchange project, on view in the Propeller Gallery at 3026 Airport Ave, Santa…

Manos a la Obra walkthrough with Cog•nate Collective

October 30, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Manos a la Obra walkthrough with Cog•nate Collective Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 3 PM 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA In conjunction with the exhibition Manos a la Obra, Cog•nate…

Día de los Muertos Celebration

October 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Día de los Muertos Celebration Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00pm-10:00pm Third Street Promenade & Arizona Avenue FREE Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is hosting a community celebration for Día de los Muertos on Saturday, October 30, 2021, on Third Street Promenade.…

Pau S. Pescador, The Founding of Los Angeles (2018)

18th Street Arts Center’s 2021 Virtual Gala

November 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

18th Street Art Center’s 2021 Virtual Gala An evening honoring essential arts workers evolving wellbeing, culture, and community life in LA Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 5-6 PM ONLINE Join us and our host, musician Shirazette Tinnin, in uplifting and…

Antonio José Guzmán, Biografica | Electric Dub Station Trilogy, 2020. Performance. Flevopark Amsterdam. Courtesy of the artist.

Weaving Unity

November 8, 2021 - February 5, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Weaving Unity featuring the work of Bárbara Santos, Claudia Concha, Ni'Ja Whitson, Enid Baxter Ryce, and Antonio José Guzmán + Iva Jankovic, on view in the Slipstream Galleries at 18th…

Imagining Futures / Fall 2021 / Three Part Workshop

November 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on October 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 18, 1-5PM RUPTURE AS A CHARACTER Saturday, October 23, 1-5PM CULTIVATING RESILIENCE Saturday, November 13, 1-5PM WORLD BUILDING: IMAGINING THE FUTURE 18th Street Arts Center's Olympic Campus 1639 18th Street Santa Monica, CA, 90404 BY APPLICATION ONLY "Imagining…

Ling-lin Ku, Vanishing Point, 2021. Folded pixelated/glitched digital prints. Courtesy of the artist.

Ling-lin Ku
The Practice of Disguise

November 15, 2021 - December 17, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition The Practice of Disguise of new work by US-based, Taiwan-born artist Ling-lin Ku, on view in the Atrium Gallery at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica (Blue Building) from November 15…

The Practice of Disguise – Artists in Conversation with Ling-lin Ku, Ara Oshagan, and Cynthia Madansky

November 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Practice of Disguise: Artists in Conversation with Ling-lin Ku, Ara Oshagan, and Cynthia Madansky Related to Ling-lin Ku's exhibition The Practice of Disguise Friday, November 19, 2021 | 12 PM Online An artist conversation shared among LA-based photographer and…

The Practice of Disguise – Behind the Scenes

December 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Practice of Disguise - Behind the Scenes Related to Ling-lin Ku's exhibition The Practice of Disguise Friday, December 3 | 12 PM Online  An experimental video trailer by Taiwanese artist Ling-lin Ku, produced under the framework of her solo…

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